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General News

BA ADDS NEW SKI FLIGHTS

British Airways will run two new ski routes next winter from Heathrow to Grenoble and Turin, and increase other ski services. NEW

THRILLS OR CHILL?

Let us describe a day of each in the Swiss resort of Verbier to tempt you to the Alps this summer. There’s more than you may think.

NEW PR TO PROMOTE USA

Hills Balfour has been named to market ‘Brand USA’ to help to increase travel and tourism to the United States. In summer & winter.NEW

NEW BOSS FOR WHISTLER

Pete Sonntag appointed after Vail Resorts takes over. So, what’s in his in-tray to keep it the most popular resort in North America? NEW

£1 LIFT PASS

Tour operator Skiworld is offering ski holidays next season with lift passes for a quid!

SKI THE SUMMER

Chalet company Ski Famille is hosting free ski sessions at Skiplex Reading so you and your family can get your ski fix mid-summer! NEW

IT’S ALL ABOUT TIMING

Ski Famille releases its brochure for Winter 17/18 – and right on time as we’re all just about ready to climb into the freezer.

US SKI TOWN ESCAPES FOREST FIRE

A massive forest fire on the edge of Brian Head ski resort in Utah is spreading but the town looks to have escaped the worst. UPDATED

VERBIER SPORTS CENTRE RISES FROM ASHES

That’s the hope of the resort after it was destroyed by fire earlier this month. PlanetSKI is in Verbier and sees the damage first hand.

CHINA COULD SEE 300m PEOPLE ONTO SNOW

That’s the hope of the International Ski Federation as interest in skiing rises. It teams up with partners to try to make it happen.

MORE US STATS

In winter we had figures of the snowfall coming out of the USA – now it’s the stats of visiors, skier days and, yes, more snow figures.

WHISTLER SUMMER CAMP ENDS AS GLACIER MELTS

It’s been going for almost 3 decades & comes as US snowsports industry joins forces to fight climate change. And President Trump. UPDATED

100M WORLD RECORD IN SKI BOOTS!

Two British people have set world records for the fastest 100 metres wearing ski boots. So how fast did they go?

THE CAMP OF CHAMPIONS 1989-2017

Read Ken Alpenbach’s heartfelt letter to the public and the COC riders here. NEW

KEEP IT GOING THIS SUMMER

The Warren Smith Ski Academy is running courses to help build both skill and confidence throughout the summer so you can start next season a step ahead.

COURCHEVEL RED BULL 400

Racing up a steep ski jump slope is probably one of the madder summer sports that is gripping venues in the mountains.

WHY DO WE LOVE SKIING?

The British Alpine Ski School keeps us inspired through the summer: What is it that draws us in & never let’s us go?

HAVE AN ACTIVE SUMMER

Mountain biking, climbing, white-water rafting to name just a few: What to do and where to do it this summer in the Tirol.

FIRE DESTROYS VERBIER SPORTS CENTRE

An investigation is underway after a blaze destroyed the building in the Swiss ski resort. No-one was injured and fire fighters have been at the scene over the weekend. UPDATED

LAPLAND FOR 20 YEARS

Inghams celebrates its expertise and two decades of organising holidays to Finnish Lapland with the launch of its winter 2017/18 programme. NEW

CHECK OUT THESE JUNE SKI DEALS

Early bird booking specials end this month, which only means that next winter is a-coming! Let’s take a look at the first round of best top savings tour ops Ski Total and Inghams are offering. NEW

LONDON SKI SHOW

The annual alpine festival, the UK’s paramount winter sports event is back! Clear 26-29th October to kick off Winter 17/18

WE ARE STILL IN

US ski industry pledges to play its part in implementing global agreement on climate change, despite Trump’s decision to pull out.

CRYSTAL GREEN FRIDAY

As President Trump pulls out of the global agreement on climate change, one of the UK’s leading ski tour operators emphasises its green credentials. PlanetSKI reports. NEW

VIDEOS OF THE DAY…..

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos on the internet & we want to share some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW & UPDATED

JUNE’S NEWS IN BRIEF…

‘Backing the Best’; supporting young talented athletes, Gulmarg gondola accident kills 7 + GB Park & Pipe interview. NEW & UPDATED

SAVE THE GLACIER!

A pioneering experiment to protect a Swiss glacier & even regrow it is taking place this summer.

SWISS ALPINE VILLAGE BANS PHOTOS

The Mayor of Bergün/Bravougn has announced a ban on photography saying the village is too beautiful and pictures will only make people who can’t be there miserable. Bonkers or a clever PR stunt? NEW

KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL ON TOUR

The final two stops of the 2017 UK Tour are in London and Brighton. PlanetSKI sees what’s on offer and looks forward to attending. NEW

FRENCH LIFT COMPANY HOPES FOR CHINA DEAL

Compagnie des Alpes sees earnings rise and therefore the prospect of deal with China. NEW

THE EAGLE’S OPENING NIGHT

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards has kicked off his UK theatre tour and PlanetSKI was there on the first night. We met him backstage before hearing his account of a remarkable life.

PRICES FREEZE FOR SUMMER HEAT

The super organised among you should look to next summer’s holiday as Inghams is offering early booking discounts and frozen prices for its Lakes & Mountains Summer 2018 programme. NEW

CRYSTAL FLIES FROM EXETER NEXT WINTER

Slope off next season to ski destinations in the Alps from Exeter Airport direct. Crystal also has many special offers for next winter. NEW

THE ALPS IN SUMMER

What exactly is there to do in the mountains in summer? UK Tour operator Ski Amis lists out some of the many activities to tempt us there this summer.

RIP SIR ROGER MOORE

We pay tribute to the James Bond actor with a look at his 007 skiing scenes. But did you know about his love of Switzerland & the mountains? UPDATED

CHALET NADINE FOR NEXT YEAR’S NEIGE

Ski Amis announces new chalet for 2017/18 winter season in the Paradiski village of Montchavin. Go on… It’s time to think skiing again. NEW

STORIES FROM EVEREST

Everest might have shrunk, Sherpas at work on the mountain, China bans autumn climbing from Tibet, Final numbers out for summiteers as season closes + Climbers banned for no permits. NEW & UPDATED

SWISS VALAIS CREATES OWN MONEY

Complementary currencies are a growing trend in Switzerland. The latest one is the Farinet & it joins the Isenau, Léman, bitcoin and others. All are legal tender.

WORLD’S LARGEST SKI DOME SET TO OPEN

The world’s biggest indoor snow centre is on course to open in China next month. The Wanda Ski Park has six slopes & hosts 3,000 people.

POLAR MEDAL AWARDED TO SCOTTISH SKIER

Myrtle Simpson is described as the ‘mother of Scottish skiing’ and has been awarded the medal by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. NEW

US SKIER NUMBERS UP

Nearly two million more people visited US resorts last winter than the previous season. That’s according to figures just released. PlanetSKI has been crunching the numbers.

CREVASSE DANGERS

Last December Jamie Mullner fell into a crevasse in Switzerland falling 18m into a deep, icy void. A video has just been released but does it glorify the incident?

SUMMER ADVENTURES IN THE MOUNTAINS

There are a range of holidays and courses on offer from the Ski Club of Great Britain and its recently acquired operator, Mountain Tracks. NEW

HEAVENLY SKIING

Crystal Ski Holidays has added the US resort of Heavenly in Lake Tahoe to its programme for next season and booking has just opened. NEW

IGLU SKI BECOMES EXCLUSIVE AGENT FOR MOUNTAIN COLLECTION

The Neilson Mountain Collection is a selection of Neilson run chalets and hotels that include free ski guiding and coaching.

THREE DEAD IN AVALANCHE IN FRANCE

Two men and a woman have died in an avalanche in the Vanoise National Park near Bonneval-sur-Arc. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

HUGE AVALANCHE CLOSES ICEFIELDS PARKWAY IN CANADA

The road links the ski towns of Jasper and Lake Louise and is one of the most stunning roads in Canada. The avalanche was 15m deep and 100m long.

WHAT DO THE NEXT 5 YEARS HOLD?

Members of the UK snowspsorts industry gathered for the LISTEX Summer Session to look at the state of the industry and gaze into its collective crystal ball.

TREADING TRAILS IN THE TIROL

The landscape is dotted with mountains, valleys, lakes, and forests. Recreation-wise, the choices are plentiful with hiking and biking among the most popular. NEW

BRUSH UP ON YOUR SKIING THIS SUMMER

Snoworks launches ski courses based in Tignes for summer 2017: enjoy skiing on the glacier and get more from summer in the mountains. NEW

FANCY SKIING IN SWEDEN NEXT WINTER?

Crystal Ski Holidays adds the resorts of Ã…re & Vemdalen in Sweden to its portfolio for Winter 17/18. Time for a different type of ski holiday?

LONDON SKI SHOW TICKETS GO ON SALE

The 2017 London Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show returns on October 26-29 and tickets are now on sale. Get in quick with the 25% early bird discount.

LAKES, PEAKS & BIKES

Summer is almost here and Inghams is introducing new programmes for summer in the mountains. So, what’s new for 2017?

TOWING ICEBERGS

An Abu Dhabi firm is planning to tow icebergs from Antarctica to the UAE as early as 2018 to harvest them for drinking water.

MAY NEWS IN BRIEF…

Lenzerheide & Bansko want to host 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup Finals, Mountain plan needed for France + World Snow Day awards handed out NEW & UPDATED

UELI STECK CREMATED IN NEPAL

The Swiss climber died while acclimatising for an attempt on the Mount Everest. His body has been recovered and tributes are being paid to the greatest mountaineer of his generation. UPDATED

SLIDING ON SAND

Sandboarding is an evolving sport that is about to host its World Cup event in Peru.

THE EAGLE ON TOUR

First the hit film, now the true story straight from The Eagle’s mouth. Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is about to start a UK theatre tour. NEW

IGLU’S TOP 10 SKI RESORTS

And here it is: the top 10 European ski destinations from the UK’s biggest travel agent… Is France to dominate again? NEW

WHITE THRILLS IN ST ANTON

Der Weisser Rausch aka ‘White Thrill’ Race took place on Saturday and it marks the end of the season for St Anton. A new White Thrills record of 7m 9s was set.

Snow report

Twitter

2 new initiatives this autumn by @Schoolsnowsport to get more kids interested in #skiing and #snowboarding for now and for life
➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/10/22/new-initiatives-to-get-kids-on-skis/
#snowsport

Join us on Facebook this evening at 8pm when we will be chatting to Event Director, Steve Morgan, to hear all the latest news & updates from the show. Please leave any questions you'd like to ask Steve below.

#themountainsareours

Latest on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Luge World Cup Series to Mainly be Held in Europe
-Further Details of The National Snow Show Unveiled
-Covid-19 News from the Ski Nations
-FIS Introduces a Covid-19 Passport

https://t.co/XWF7W8T21o

Further Details of #TheNationalSnowShow Unveiled

It takes place at #NECBirmingham next year and promises to be quite an experience.

It is aiming to attract 10,000 visitors over two days, October 23- 24 2021.

Will it be successful?

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/22/details-of-new-uk-snow-show-unveiled/

@natsnowshow

Hopefully this is the last photo of Pali without any snow under it. It looks like a promising storm is coming our way this weekend. 🤞🤞🤞 #palichair #doyoursnowdance #ABasin

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new talent pathway project in the Greater Manchester area, supported by @GBSnowsport.

The project will create opportunities for individuals who may not have considered taking part in skiing or snowboarding before.

Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-French Ski Areas Ready When We Are
-Italian Region Introduces Tougher Restrictions
-Tirol Answers Your Covid-19 Questions
-Canada Set to Extend Border Restrictions with the USA



#coronavirusupdates https://t.co/YGEcgananx

Ice floating and tree hugging. New things to on your #ski holiday in the #FrenchAlps this winter ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/10/01/octobers-news-in-brief/
#icefloating #sylvotherapy

Each Tuesday, plan your winter adventures with a piece of mountain trivia.

Today's pop quiz: identify the mountain that offers 360-degree skiing on a dormant volcano.

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